Blocky by Nick Davis


January 2023
Light Fingering ?
26 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in blocked garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
650 - 975 yards (594 - 892 m)
Cowl: 11"/30cm deep by 55"/1.4m circumference; shawl: tbd
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Blocky can be a long, rectangular shawl/scarf, or a looped cowl—and you don’t really have to decide which you’re making until you’re close to the end. It’s lightweight, so it’s easy to wear as a traditional scarf.

Knit Blocky flat from the top down, with one skein of fingering-weight yarn in a main color and one in a contrast color.


  • ~400 yards of MC (shown in Malabrigo Yarn Sock, colorway Zarzamora), ~250 yards CC (shown in Malabrigo Yarn Sock, colorway Frank Ochre)
  • 1 48”circular needle in US4/3.5mm, or size needed for gauge
  • 2 or more removable stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Optional: spare DPN for bindoff

Gauge is 26 sts and 34 rows over 4”/10cm in garter stitch, worked flat and blocked. Please be sure to check your gauge.

(Yarn estimates on the higher end refer to a longer scarf and are tentative. I knit the cowl, but I think it may have worked better as a shawl, since you’d have more wrapping options and the blocks would be easier to feature.)